Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose brought a secret weapon to WWE Night of Champions as the former Shield members teamed up with Chris Jericho, but they still fell to the Wyatt Family on Sunday.
Braun Strowman forced the referee to call for the bell after locking Jericho in his modified triangle choke, per WWE:
Wrestling Memes' Tom Anstey was skeptical in the first place that Y2J would be the guy to help Reigns and Ambrose topple the Wyatt Family:
While Jericho was an underwhelming selection in the grander scheme of things, Aubrey Sitterson believes Jericho's inclusion helped advance the story more so than anything else that could've happened at Night of Champions:
After Reigns and Ambrose beat Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper at SummerSlam, the cultlike family brought in some reinforcements in the form of Strowman. Strowman tipped the scales significantly in the Wyatts' favor as the NXT call-up wreaked havoc on anyone who crossed his path.
Strowman's dominance drew praise from WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who has seen plenty of dominant forces over the course of his time in wrestling:
With Reigns and Ambrose suddenly on the wrong side of the numbers game, they needed to find a third man. The Wyatt Family didn't make it easy on them, though, as they took out prospective partners in Randy Orton and Jimmy Uso on Raw and SmackDown, respectively.
Despite the obstacles they faced, The Big Dog and The Lunatic Fringe were finally able to find someone willing and able to stand by their side against the Wyatts.
The issues between the two sides date back a couple of years, but the feud was reignited at Money in the Bank, when Wyatt prevented Reigns from winning the ladder match. The issues were exacerbated when Ambrose and Harper were brought into the fold.
While Wyatt's goal hasn't been 100 percent clear throughout the rivalry, he has been obsessed with convincing the fans that Reigns isn't who he claims to be, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:
Wyatt and his crew got the better of Reigns and Ambrose on several occasions leading up to Night of Champions, and although the odds were evened Sunday, the Wyatt Family proved to be a more cohesive unit.
There have been some entertaining aspects to this angle, but since Reigns, Ambrose and Wyatt are all Superstars who should be vying for main event spots now or in the near future, it may be time to move forward from what has been a long-running storyline.
The Shield and the Wyatt Family have been linked for years, and while they will likely continue to be linked to some degree for as long as they are in WWE, it seems as though the vast majority of the fanbase is ready for something fresh.
With fall upon us and winter on the horizon, it is time for WWE to start positioning certain Superstars to make runs at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania or even beforehand.
Reigns, Ambrose and Wyatt are all potential options, and it is paramount for WWE to book them to look strong individually in the coming weeks and months.
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